Shortfall in healthcare capacity

The emirate is in dire need of intensive and critical care services, showed the 2011 health statistics of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) which pointed out shortages in emergency care, neonatology, cardiology and psychiatry.

The statistics showed that the number of clinicians licensed in intensive and critical care, and emergency medicine dipped slightly last year; from 38 in 2010 to 31 and from 90 to 89, respectively. Reason was not given for the reduction.

Meanwhile, modest increases occurred in other specialities facing shortages. Neonatologists have increased by five to 18, cardiologists from 71 to 82 and psychiatrists to 57 from 49 in 2010. The HAAD report noted that, treatment of neuropsychiatric conditions is among the health services expected to grow in demand in future.

 

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Article by Links Group on Aug 29th 2012

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